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  • Agriculture to 2050 – the challenges ahead

    Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today. Opening a two-day High-Level Expert Forum on How to Feed the World in 2050 Diouf told the 300 delegates that over the next 40 years: 'The combined effect of population growth, strong income ...

  • Challenges in agricultural pollution policy

    Concerns about the impact of agricultural pollution on the environment have led to national and international efforts to limit water pollution, such as the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD). New UK research highlights a number of key issues for policy makers in this area relating to monitoring and modelling pollution levels. Much improvement has been made in water protection in Europe, in both ...

  • Adapting agricultural water to climate change

    This policy brief, published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), examines the relationship between climate change, water and food security and outlines potential adaptation strategies and policy priorities for developing countries. Agriculture in developing countries is already under pressure from growing populations, industrialisation and environmental degradation. Climate change is ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Challenges growing for food security

    Despite international efforts to reduce global food insecurity and malnutrition, the realisation of food security in the world has fallen short of promises made at the World Food Summit in 1996, and the Millennium Development Goals'2 target to halve world hunger by 2015 is also unlikely to be met. In a recently released report, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and ...

  • Identifying sustainable solutions for agricultural water useage

    In the face of increasing population, climate change and scarcity of natural resources, the global food and beverage industry must continually tackle the most fundamental, challenge of all - ensuring food is produced and sourced in a sustainable way, that also works for the triple bottom line. With support from leading food and agribusiness companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, Mars and Nestle, ...

  • Making agriculture sustainable

    Agriculture is possibly the most important sector of global activity. It is a source of foods, fibers and, increasingly, fuel. It provides livelihoods and subsistence for the largest number of people worldwide. It is vital to rural development and therefore critical to poverty alleviation. Up to 40% of the land’s surface is used for agriculture, along with 70% of the world’s fresh water supply. ...

  • Exploring the use of wastewater in agriculture

    With food demand and water scarcity on the uptick, it's time to stop treating wastewater like garbage and instead manage it as a resource that can be used to grow crops and help address water scarcity in agriculture. ...

  • Empowering women in agriculture

    Reducing gender inequality is fundamental to eliminating hunger and developing more sustainable food systems, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told international experts and country representatives at an International Women’s Day event in Rome. “This year we are celebrating Women’s Day against the backdrop of the ...

  • Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Calls For Water Research Partnerships

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has launched a new £1.5m initiative to address challenges identified across the UK agriculture and horticulture industries relating to the management of rotations, soil structure and water. The AHDB has combined funds from the potatoes, cereals and oilseeds, dairy and horticulture sectors, something that has provided the required ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Focus on Disability: Changing agricultural attitudes

    Low-tech projects are overturning prejudices and leaving disabled people free to farm, says Sue Coe. Two recent SciDev.Net stories covered important current food provision issues: farming methods for smallholders and the need for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agriculture ‘engine of growth’ that Africa needs

    Agriculture must become the engine for growth that Africa needs to eradicate hunger and boost sustainable food production, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today. Speaking at a side event on the margins of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Graziano da Silva called on Africa to step up its efforts. “More than one out of every five of its citizens is still denied ...

  • World Food Day – CSIRO rising to the challenges

    'There needs to be another ‘agricultural revolution’ where we see an increase in productivity, but with more efficient water, energy and nutrient use and without sending more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,' says the Director of CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, Dr Brian Keating. Taking into account population growth, economic development and food consumption growth in developing ...

  • Agricultural research needs a global rethink

    The Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development must reset research priorities, says World Food Prize winner Monty Jones. The world's agricultural scientists have done life-saving work in university laboratories, global research centres and government agencies. Millions of people across the developing world are alive today because of advances that have conquered deadly pathogens, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Agriculture: the unlikely earth day hero

    Rising temperatures, erratic weather, population growth, and scarce water resources - along with growing civil unrest and skyrocketing food prices - are putting unprecedented stress on people and the planet. For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year, Worldwatch Institute's ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The common agricultural policy (CAP) and agriculture in Europe – Frequently asked questions

    Farming in Europe – an overview How rural is the EU? Over 77% of the EU's territory is classified as rural (47% is farm land and 30% forest) and is home to around half its population (farming communities and other residents). How many farmers are there in the EU? 12 million (full-time). ...


    By European Commission

  • GREENHOUSE 09: new Australian climate change challenges

    More than 500 delegates representing science, government, industry and the community will share knowledge across key themes from future climate, oceans, greenhouse gases, managing climate and water, energy, agriculture and seasonal climate variability. Presentations at the conference will help to forge new directions in strategies to mitigate carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate. ...

  • Congressional briefing: climate change and agriculture

    Event Wednesday June 16 on Climate Change and Agriculture: Food and Farming in a Changing Climate Experts to discuss climate change impacts and agricultural adaptation strategies.   What: Briefing on agricultural adaptation to climate change, featuring presentations from experts in the fields of agriculture, climate change, and economics.   ...

  • Proactive stewardship is critical in sustainable agriculture

    Bayer CropScience is committed to proactive stewardship to underline the company’s strong commitment to sustainable agriculture. “We help growers around the world produce high-quality and high-yielding crops,” said Matthias Haug, Head of SeedGrowth at Bayer CropScience. “We take product stewardship very seriously, as it is important to maximize the benefits of seed ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Drought-tolerance: a learning challenge for poor farmers

    Drought-tolerant crops could improve food security — if researchers take downstream adoption challenges seriously, says Travis Lybbert. Few aims have attracted as much attention and investment from private, public, academic and philanthropic sectors in recent years as drought tolerance (DT) in agriculture. In the past decade, more than US$1 billion has been spent on DT research and ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Radical change needed in agriculture, says UN

    The way the world grows its food will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry if the world is to cope with a growing population and climate change while avoiding social breakdown and environmental collapse. That is the message from the report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, a major new report by over 400 scientists which ...

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